Gorongosa VS Limpopo?

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Hi Mike,

we are a group of 4 friends that will visit the country for 18 days. The trip starts tomorrow :) but I am already in Maputo waiting for my friends.

Our itinerary is: flying to Chimoio (or Beira) and drive to Gorongosa National Park and spend 2 days there. Then coming back to Beira, visit the island of Chiloane and then Vilankulos/Bazaruto/Tofo and then coming back to Maputo.

I know someone who lives in Maputo and tell me that Gorongosa National Park was not safe (as one rebel chef is hiding somewhere in this zone) and that we should go to Limpopo National Park (the mozambicain Krüger park, right?)

So my question is quite easy: what is your opinion? Gorongosa or Limpopo?

Thank you very much!

PA

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mozman replied the topic: Gorongosa VS Limpopo?

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Hi Pa

welcome to Mozguide

It is fortunate that you contacted me as you need some good advice regarding your itinerary. See my responses within your queries below:

e are a group of 4 friends that will visit the country for 18 days. The trip starts tomorrow :) but I am already in Maputo waiting for my friends.
MIKE: Firstly a few questions:
1) Will you be renting a 4x4 vehicle?
2) Are you prepared to camp?
3) Will you be able to self-cater or do you need food provided?

This is the rainy season in Mozambique, but the heavy rains usually start by the end of December so you could be lucky. The road network in Gorongosa is closed when the rains start and I think they could be already closed this year, but waiting for my friend in Gorongosa to let me know with certainty.

Our itinerary is: flying to Chimoio (or Beira) and drive to Gorongosa National Park and spend 2 days there.
MIKE: There are vehicle rental companies in Beira, I do not know of any in Chimoio. The road network in Gorongosa is usually closed from November 30 from until April 30. This is due to the annual wet season making sections of the road impassable due to deep mud and also due to flooding. Chitengo Lodge remains open. Note that it is about a 5 hour drive from Beira to Chitengo Lodge. The road from Inchope north along the EN.1 to the turn-off to Chitengo is in very poor condition, and then it is also slow to Chitengo from there.


Then coming back to Beira, visit the island of Chiloane and then Vilankulos/Bazaruto/Tofo and then coming back to Maputo.
MIKE: Interesting that you want to visit Chiloane. There is a boat that visits irregularly, but why do you wish to go to Chiloane? You will have to be self-sufficient as I do not think there is any accommodation there.


I know someone who lives in Maputo and tell me that Gorongosa National Park was not safe (as one rebel chef is hiding somewhere in this zone) and that we should go to Limpopo National Park (the mozambicain Krüger park, right?)
MIKE: A year ago there may have been a safety issue visiting Gorongosa, but currently there are absolutely no security issues. The Renamo group have left the park area and have agreed to a lasting peace agreement.

So my question is quite easy: what is your opinion? Gorongosa or Limpopo?
MIKE: Limpopo Park is also inaccessible during rain. The process of re-settling the communities that live in the park has run into problems and so the wildlife is very scarce and very scared due to continual poaching and trapping. I do like the Limpopo Parks as it is mostly still very wild and not visited by tourists, but I have seen all the big game many times over the years so I am not bothered by the lack of wildlife.I like solitude.

There is a really nice lodge called Covane Community Lodge www.covanecommunitylodge.com on the south side of lake Massingir which I can highly recommend. There are two lodges called Aguia Pesqueira and Albufeira inside the Park on the lake that have chalets. All other camps in the Limpopo Park have basic facilities (no water and pit toilets) and you need to bring in full bush camping equipment. The roads in Limpopo are usable right now, but there is rain in the area and this could change overnight.

So it is not easy to suggest what your itinerary should be until we have certainty over the situation with regard to the roads in Gorongosa and what type of vehicle you will rent.

And if there is heavy rain over the next few weeks, you could just find that both Gorongosa and Limpopo Parks could become inaccessible and then I will need to provide a plan B.


Thank you very much!

MIKE: My pleasure.

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mozman replied the topic: Gorongosa VS Limpopo?

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I just received this reply from Gorongosa:
"Thank you Mike, it’s a pleasure to hear from you.
Road network is currently open, for next week it will depend on the rains... I’m adding in cc the Head Guide, Test Malunga who can give you an update on road conditions."

So it all still depends on the rains.

Mike

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